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Author: Kevin Woodley

Las Vegas Hires Ex-Capitals Goalie Coach Dave Prior

The new NHL franchise in Las Vegas, which will begin play in 2017-18, announced on Wednesday they have hired Dave Prior as their director of goaltending and NHL goaltender coach. News of Prior’s hiring is hardly a surprise given he worked under recently named Las Vegas general manager George McPhee with the Washington Capitals from 1997 to 2013. There was widespread speculation in the goalie coaching community McPhee would re-unite with Prior, who has a strong history of finding goaltending talent. If there was a surprise, it was with the dual roles announced Wednesday. According to a story last week...

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Martin Jones Evolution to Sharks No.1 and Stanley Cup Final

For a lot of professional goaltenders, the evolution to the NHL is filled with tactical tweaks and technical tightening. For Martin Jones, the path from undrafted free agent to No.1 goaltender for the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Final moved in the opposite direction. For Jones, the calming, positionally and technically sound approach that has been evident throughout most of his run to the Cup Final has been there since he was a teenager, skating with then Vancouver Canucks coaches Marc Crawford and Ian Clark and their goaltending sons after practice at Rogers Arena, where his dad...

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Penguins Turn Back To Matt Murray For Game 6

The Pittsburgh Penguins are going back to 21-year-old rookie Matt Murray with the season on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wasted little time announcing Murray as his starter for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. “The reason, just like we make all of our lineup decisions, is that we try to put players on the ice that we think try to give us the best chance to win,” Sullivan told reporters in Tampa Bay. Sullivan is already being second-guessed for starting Fleury in Game 5 on Sunday, a 4-3 overtime...

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Why Starting Fleury Over Murray Works For Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins are turning to Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lighting after the veteran replaced rookie Matt Murray for the third period of a Game 4 loss that evened the best-of-seven series at two wins apiece. While Fleury was out with a late-season concussion, Murray was a big part of the Penguins getting to the conference final, as he backstopped Pittsburgh past the New York Rangers and the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals. The 21-year-old had a playoff save percentage of .944 through the first four games in the Second Round...

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